Curricula Organized to Meet Demands of Industry and Society
As competition in business continues to accelerate, so does the demand for capable young professionals who, after acquiring highly-specialized skills at university, are ready to contribute to industry and society upon graduation. To meet such demands, Tokyo University of Technology has recently reorganized its education programs in such a way as to take students seamlessly from basic to professional levels. In particular, it has fortified a solid array of fundamental and common subjects for early-year students across the three undergraduate schools, with two objectives in mind.
The first aim is to consolidate the younger students’ fundamental knowledge and skills, such as those in mathematics, physics, computers and English, that form the basis for the specialized courses they will take in later years. [These classes are organized according to students’ levels.]
The second aim is to broaden the view and capacity of students as human beings through character building and career design. The curriculum toward this end includes guidance in career development, internship, humanities, social sciences and physical wellness. This curriculum will broaden young students’ minds and pave the way for them toward their professional life.
Above this layer of fundamental subjects, a set of common technological subjects are offered to provide a smooth transition to specialized majors in individual schools. In this layer, students are trained to acquire academic as well as professional methodology and approaches.
Faculty with World-Class Expertise
Computer science, biotechnology, media science, design, and health science – encompassed by the five schools of Tokyo University of Technology – are all fields of science and technology at the forefront of the modern age, in which practical applications are acutely sought after. To meet the challenge, the university has a high-caliber faculty that includes a number of renowned scholars and researchers with an abundance of industry experience and cutting-edge expertise. They not only possess state-of-the-art knowledge of their respective fields but also have close connections with major figures in industry, thereby bringing real-life perspectives and professionalism into the courses they teach.
In the 21st century, as every aspect of our society and industry transcends geographical boundaries, international collaboration is becoming indispensable to maximize efficiency and productivity in high-tech research. Researchers and engineers need to communicate with their overseas counterparts on a daily basis. To provide such a collaborative framework, Tokyo University of Technology has established exchange programs with Carnegie Mellon University,the Communication University of China, the Berlin University of Technology, and the University of Perpignan. Furthermore, it has established the TUT Digital Studio Systems Laboratory inside the Robert Zemeckis Center of the University of Southern California to promote an exchange program and R&D in innovative image technology.
In addition, the university offers a three-week English study course held at York St. John University in England for students wishing to enhance their language skills and acquire an international perspective.